Friday, July 06, 2007

Ball State - swings the wrecking ball

Ball State U. has demolished two more properties. They have been preparing for a new dorm project. The SigEps are planning a new house on the site of some of the demolition.
Layne Cameron, a media relations manager for Ball State's marketing and communications department, said there are no immediate plans for future development of the properties.

One of the homes was a rental property the university had owned for a number of years, Cameron said. The other was another student rental recently acquired by Ball State.

University officials have said that land owned by Ball State east of campus will be a targeted area for future expansion. In the past year, Cardinal Properties, a division of the Ball State University Foundation, has purchased property at the site of the former Lambda Chi house, 1110 Riverside Ave., and also property at 1515 W. Riverside Ave., on which the Sigma Phi Epsilon house stands. Sig Ep has plans to construct a new house on Riverside Avenue lots where two other fraternities were razed last summer.

In recent months, Ball State also has tackled demolition work on a group of houses owned by the university on the northeast side of campus. About 20 university-owned houses along Marsh Street and Neely Avenue will be demolished this year; about half of that demolition work already is completed, according to university officials.

Those houses are coming down in preparation for construction of North Residence Hall. A $43.5 million project, the new residence hall will house 600 students in double-occupancy rooms with semi-private baths when completed in 2010.
(Hey, this is what you get in the mid-summer slow news days.)

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